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Eating and Cooking Seasonally


Ask any nutritionist or chef and they will tell you “eating seasonally isn’t only delicious, it’s healthier too!” .

Eating and cooking seasonally

Eating and Cooking Seasonally

Ask any nutritionist or chef and they will tell you "eating seasonally isn’t only delicious, it’s healthier too!" Here's why: when fruits and vegetables are at the peak of their freshness, picked and sent immediately to market, the distance (and time) from vine to your table is significantly reduced. This ensures that your produce retains its spectacular flavors and keeps all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in top form. And, if health and flavor aren't enough, consider this: in-season food is plentiful which means you save money.

The best way to see what's in season is to look around the produce section of your grocery store or you can check out the Maryland Department of Agriculture's list of seasonal fruits and vegetables here.

In the meantime, here are just a few items to be on the look-out for in June: raspberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, asparagus, snap/green beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, squash and tomatoes.

Once you have a basket of fresh produce, it's time to get cooking. Here are some quick tips on using the season's best cooking option, the grill.

  1. Preparation: Wash your vegetables to ensure they are free of debris. Next, slice vegetables in ¼ to ½ inch pieces to provide a good surface area. Lightly coat them in vegetable or olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add your favorite fresh herbs, if desired.
  2. Choose A Grilling Method: Most vegetables can be directly grilled on the grates. For smaller vegetables like cherry tomatoes and mushrooms try placing them on a skewer kabob-style or use a grill basket. Prefer your veggies more steamed than grilled? Create foil packets filled with your favorite vegetables and stay out of the kitchen.
  3. Timing: Some vegetables take a minute or two to cook and others can take up to 10 minutes. Work in small batches and watch for when the vegetables are tender and lightly charred.

Grilled vegetables are a great way to enjoy the season's bounty, eat healthier and save money. Be sure to take the time to include them the next time you fire up your grill!

Check out these different Savory recipes for grilled vegetables:

Grilled Vegetables Grilled vegetables, Version 2 Grilled Vegetable Kabobs